Author: Wim Hof
Publisher: Sounds True Books
Publishing Date: 24 September 2020
Genre: Personal Development/ Self-help
Cost: Rs. 1,926 (Hardcover)
Wim Hof has a message for each of us: “You can literally do the impossible. You can overcome disease, improve your mental health and physical performance, and even control your physiology so you can thrive in any stressful situation.”
The Wim Hof Method shares a method that anyone can use- young or old, sick or healthy to supercharge their capacity for strength, vitality, and happiness.
In his gripping and passionate style, Hof shares the story of how he developed his method, along with testimonials and new insights from the university research studies on its amazing results. With guidance suited for any reader, one will learn how to harness three key elements of Cold, Breathing, and Mindset to take charge of your own mind and metabolism.
Wim has become known as ‘The Iceman’ for his astounding physical feats, such as spending hours in freezing water and running barefoot marathons over deserts and ice fields. Yet his most remarkable achievement is not any record-breaking performance - it is the creation of a method that thousands of people have used to transform their lives.
In his gripping and passionate style, Wim shares his method and his story, including:
Breath: Wim’s unique practices to change your body chemistry, infuse yourself with energy, and focus your mind
Cold: Safe, controlled, shock-free practices for using cold exposure to enhance your cardiovascular system and awaken your body’s untapped strength
Mindset: Build your willpower, inner clarity, sensory awareness, and innate joyfulness in the miracle of living
Science: How users of this method have redefined what is medically possible in study after study
Health: True stories and testimonials from people using the method to overcome disease and chronic illness
Performance: Increase your endurance, improve recovery time, up your mental game, and more
Wim’s Story: Follow Wim’s inspiring personal journey of discovery, tragedy, and triumph
Spiritual Awakening: How breath, cold, and mindset can reveal the beauty of your soul
Wim says. “We alter the collective consciousness by awakening to our own boundless potential. We are limited only by the depth of our imagination and the strength of our conviction.”
Wim teaches cold therapy on how to use the power of cold to burn fat, boost your immune system, sleep better, reduce inflammation, and enhance nature’s own mood boosters. He makes us aware of master scientific breathing techniques that improve your energy level, detox your body, reduce stress levels, rebalance the nervous system and strengthen your immune system.
Neuroscientists have found that every inhale that we take nudges our sympathetic nervous system (which will increase our heart rate, dilating our pupils slightly, heighten our alertness), and every exhale prods our parasympathetic nervous system (which will slow down our heart rate, constricting our pupils, and calming us down). While normally every inhale is matched with an exhale, by spending more time exhaling and less time inhaling we can produce a net change towards our parasympathetic nervous system (like the 2nd part of the Wim Hof Method, where we hold our breath for 1 minute after we exhale all the way).
The Wim Hof Method is not a new phenomenon, however. It is a similar method used by the Tibetans to adapt their body in high altitude, the same approach implemented by the Inuits to withstand the freezing cold, similar like the aborigines and the Kalahari bushmen that use a method to remain warm in plunging temperatures at night without clothes on, and interestingly archaeological findings suggest that it’s even the same technique used by the Neanderthals to survive in the cold.
Hof claims the program’s benefits as strengthening vascular, immune, neurological, mental, and emotional health, as well as clearing “biochemical residue” (undesirable by-products of chemical reactions in the lymphatic system). Hof also shares his struggles with emotional pain (particularly in the aftermath of his wife’s suicide), and how his method helped him come to terms with that tragedy and endure. This spirited and humane guide will inspire self-help readers who are looking for a challenge.
NOTE: It is however advised to learn and understand the full aspect of such breathing exercises and not experiment around with it, irresponsibly!
About the Author:
Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof has broken several records related to cold exposure including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle barefoot, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes.
Using ‘cold, hard nature’ as his teacher, his extensive training has enabled him to learn to control his breathing, heart rate, and blood circulation and to withstand extreme temperatures.
Wim Hof has not only helped advance scientific understanding but also accomplished extraordinary feats of human endurance, including 21 Guinness World Records. Armed with his motto ‘what I am capable of, everybody can learn’, Wim Hof is convinced that everyone can tap into their inner potential without having to invest the same decades worth of study, travel, and daring.
Wim has made it his mission to share what he’s learned with the rest of the world. And so, he developed the Wim Hof Method: a combination of breathing, cold therapy, and commitment that offers a range of benefits.
With his Wim Hof Method, he teaches people from all over the world, from celebrities and professional athletes to people of all ages, to control their body & mind and achieve extraordinary things.